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East End Elementary Families,
I have some wonderful news to share with our school community. Principal Vannest and his wife have welcomed a beautiful new addition to their family as of September 9th at 7:27PM. Their new addition is a healthy baby named Nolan Lee! We send them our warmest congratulations and best wishes during this joyous time.
While Principal Vannest takes some well-deserved time off to spend with his growing family, I am deeply honored to step into the role of Acting Principal at Yes Prep East End Elementary. I am committed to maintaining the high standards of excellence that Principal Vannest has instilled in our school and ensuring that our students continue to receive the best education possible.
Please read below for important updates. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate in reaching out.
Uniform Shirts: OUR SHIRTS are IN!!
Everyone that completed the uniform survey or were missing few shirts, should have received them. If you did not, please complete the survey as soon as possible.
EEE Uniform Size Survey
Attendance: Our Goal this year is 95%. We want to improve from our 91.31% for the 22-23 school year. Our current attendance is (August 15 – August 31) 95.23%. Starting September 5, we will begin our incentives which includes:
First class(es) to spell SPARKS will earn a popsicle party that day. Each letter will be gained by obtaining 100% attendance each day.
Classes that maintain 95% for the week will win a pajama day/spirit day on the following Monday.
Individual students with 95% attendance each quarter will receive a certificate and a reward
Individual students with 100% attendance each quarter will receive a pizza party with administrators. Surprise guests may be in attendance too.
Attendance Contract: Students that do not achieve 90% attendance by the end of each 9 weeks will enter an Attendance Contract. This includes excused and unexcused absences. Texas Education Agency (TEA) doesn’t differentiate between excused and unexcused absences for the 90% rule. Providing doctor’s excuses does stop truancy court for unexcused absences.
Allowable Absences to remain at or above 90% attendance
Q1 (46 days) – accumulated less than 4 absences
Q2 (37 days) – accumulated less than 8 absences
Q3 (41 days) – accumulated less than 12 absences
Q4 (51 days) – accumulated less than 17 absences
23-24 Attendance Contract Consequences include but not limited to:
Required Parent Meetings
Cannot attend fieldtrip
Cannot attend fun campus activities
Possible Retention (if attendance is below 90% at the end of the year)
Arrival: 7:00 – 7:25am
Breakfast: 7:15 – 7:40am
Dismissal: 3:00 – 3:25pm
Lunch Menu: So Happy, is the app YES Prep will be using to inform you the cafeteria menu. It also includes calories, nutritional information, and allergens.
IdentiMetrics: The Child Nutrition Department at YES Prep is implementing a biometric ID management system in an effort to provide accurate student identification for counting and claiming meals at mealtimes.
This process is similar to what many smart phone companies use with face scanning technology. Using a finger scanner, the software scans certain unique points on the finger to create and store individual templates that identify each student. Finger scanning does not store fingerprints. The template is converted to a unique number and is stored in the school’s database with the same high level of security of all our records. The templates are also treated as confidential and protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and state law protecting personally identifiable information (PII) of students. FERPA is the same Federal Law that protects all student records. When a student graduates or is no longer enrolled in the school system, the templates are deleted. At no time is a fingerprint image or an actual fingerprint stored.
For further information:
Volunteering at YES Prep Public Schools
Hello! Thank you for your interest in volunteering with YES Prep. We are always looking for ways to add new members to our YES family, and volunteering is a wonderful way to do so. New volunteers statuses with available opportunities were developed to improve the security and safety of our students. Please know that we are working on ways to ensure you are able to volunteer with minimal costs, but the district is implementing consistent procedures at all campus. Before you pay for the BGA application, we invite you to volunteer on campus using the Raptor Application Process (the free option, #2 below). The options this school year are:
1. Volunteers with BGA Fingerprinting Access
a. APPLICATION PROCESS
i. Complete the BGA Fingerprinting Application 30 days in advance
ii. Pay a nonrefundable fee ($50-$55)
i. Parent may volunteer multiple days in the year
iii. Parent Classroom Volunteer
iv. Cafeteria/Library/ Duty Monitor
vii. Office Helper
viii. Fundraising (3 or more days on campus)
c. IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
i. Social Security Number or I-TIN Number
2. Volunteers with Raptor Applications Access
a. APPLICATION PROCESS
i. Complete the RAPTOR Application 10 days in advance
ii. Read the Volunteer Policy
b. OPPORTUNITIES – Must be accompanied by a YES Prep Staff Member at all times
i. Parent may volunteer up to 2 times per month
ii. Campus Event Volunteer (1 day)
iii. Office Helper (1 day)
iv. Fundraising (1 day)
c. IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
i. Social Security Number or Driver’s License
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Latinx Spirit Week 9/25-9/29
October 12: <HOLD> EEE Open House
Tentatively we’ll have our Open House on this date. We’ll confirm by 9/22!
Ongoing On-Campus Support
We know that you may have some needs that arise as a parent/guardian. You can receive direct help by submitting a “Student Assistance Form” or, a SAF. To communicate any support needs you may have, please click here for the SAF link on the district website or use the QR code below for direct link to form on www.yesprepsaf.com. A campus Student Support Counselor will follow-up with you to determine the best way to get your need met. SAFs can be submitted for:
Urgent family concerns
Family or student supplies or resources needed for school (i.e. uniforms, calculator, books, food)
Student social and emotional concerns
Student home or family concerns (food insecurity, clothing needs, community resources, etc.)
Student relationship concerns
Concerns about harassment, race, or equity
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